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Waste management in parks and public spaces

Proper waste sorting, whether it be at home or outdoors, makes it possible to divert even more materials from landfills, thereby improving our environmental impact.

To guide you in this process, bins with distinctive compartments for waste and recyclable materials have been installed in all of the city’s parks and public places. They are easily identifiable by the pictograms on the front and top of the bin. When enjoying the outdoors, remember to do the right thing and put your waste in the appropriate bins. When recyclables are contaminated with several other types of materials, such as food residue or household waste, they cannot be recovered.

Only the following items should end up in the recycling bin:

  • Empty unwaxed cardboard, paper, metal or glass containers or packaging
  • Plastic containers or wrappers numbered 1 to 5 and 7
  • Clean printed material and newspapers.

You can always consult the material search tool to find out how to dispose of your materials.

After a picnic, take food scraps with you in a box or bag and throw them out in your organic waste bin when you get home. Soiled paper towels and brown paper bags should also be thrown out at home. If your meal was served in a polystyrene (Styrofoam) plate, take it home to rinse it and dispose of it in the designated container in the Public Works parking lot.

Pet excrements must be collected in a bag and placed in the household waste bin. It is not permitted to leave them on the ground.

Thanks to good waste-sorting habits, we can make a difference and reduce our impact on the environment. Enjoy the city’s parks and public spaces while respecting all their users and nature!